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Parents Association

All parents of currently enrolled students are automatically members of the Parents Association. The University acknowledges the unique partnership that we have with parents and family members. It is by partnering together that we can best encourage your student in his or her educational, personal, and spiritual development. We are glad to have you as an active member of the Parents Association.

Parents Council

The Taylor University Parents Council encourages communication between the University and Taylor parents in order to understand better the experience and needs of our most important stakeholders: students and families. The Council meets twice each academic year (September/October and March). Beyond providing critical communication, the Parents Council acts as a liaison to the Administration, volunteers at University events, and communicates with perspective families. The Parents Council is not a policy-making body, but rather acts as an advisory body.

Parents Council Members

  • Jim and Kytha Eibel
    Carmel, IN
  • Angela Evans
    Chicago, IL
  • Greg ’93 and Sarah (Brown ’92) Flick
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greg and Shelly Harden
    Arlington Heights, IL
  • Steve and Lori (Dawes ’91) Heath
    LaFontaine, IN
  • Demond and Mia Hubbard
    Miamisburg, OH
  • Monica Horsley
    New Palestine, IN
  • Dave and Kristin (Long '92) Kolpien
    Fort Wayne, IN
  • Rich and Connie (Lindman '90) Kleiman
    New Palestine, IN
  • Troy and Julie McIntosh
    Westerville, OH
  • Bret '92 and Amy (Pletcher '94) Michel
    Crestwood, KY
  • Chris '89 and Darla (Cheeseman '88) Mitchener
    Brownsburg, IN
  • Tom and Barb Nussbaum
    Wheaton, IL
  • Chris and Ginger (Ducker '89) Otto
    Carmel, IN
  • Rene’ and Cindy (Krauss ’86) Russell
    Grabill, IN
  • Michael ’91 and Angie Ryg
    Arlington Heights, IL
  • Chris and Sharon Shinkle
    New Palestine, IN
  • Kent and Michelle Susud
    Plainfield, IN
  • Ron and Kathy Turpin
    Fort Wayne, IN
  • Brian and Shannon Wagner
    Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Richard and Sue White
    Greencastle, IN
  • Phill and Lisa Wurster
    Sylvania, OH

Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Taylor parents raise financial resources each year to be allocated for student emergencies. Medical costs not covered by insurance and emergency travel in case of death or severe illness of immediate family are two of the most frequent reasons for allocations from this fund. Other emergency costs are subject to review by the dean of students. The monies from the Emergency Assistance Fund are raised through a special offering held during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Perspectives for Parents and Grandparents

Perspectives allows parents and grandparents to engage in campus events on a monthly basis through an e-newsletter. Featured stories highlight key student events, important parent notices, and unique ways to get connected. Parents and grandparents who have provided the University their e-mail address receive this e-newsletter at the beginning of each month. 

Homecoming and Family Weekend: October 8-10, 2021

Parents are invited to visit Taylor for a special three-day weekend in the fall. Homecoming & Family Weekend provides opportunities for families to connect with their student, to engage in the Taylor community, and to develop a deeper understanding of the Taylor Experience. A brochure outlining all Parents Weekend activities and reservation information is mailed to Taylor parents each fall. 

As We Pray Week Events: February 28-March 4, 2022

It is Taylor’s desire to dedicate one week in March each year to prayer; a week where parents and grandparents from across the United States and the world would gather together and lift up Taylor’s students, faculty, staff, and one another. 

Grandparents Day: April 22, 2022

Grandparents are invited to campus during the spring to visit their grandchild, attend a class, eat in the Dining Commons, take a campus tour, and experience the Taylor community. Grandparents Day is a fun way to connect multiple generations and to honor grandparents who play a part in making the Taylor experience possible for their grandchild. Invitations are both mailed and e-mailed during late winter. To ensure that your student’s grandparents are on the mailing list, please complete this form: Grandparents Information Form.

Parents Survey

The Parent Relations Office and the Office of the Provost collaborate to conduct a comprehensive parent survey of Taylor University. Parents are asked to evaluate items in the following categories: academic experience, campus experience, university services, and general helpfulness. The survey is sent to current parents following the academic year in July. A summary of results is available for review each fall.

See the 2020 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.
See the 2019 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.
See the 2018 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.
See the 2017 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.
See the 2016 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.
See the 2015 Parents Survey results (.pdf) here.